Two women drug peddlers released on bail were carrying over 50 grams of heroin each

Two women drug peddlers released on bail were carrying over 50 grams of heroin each

A special NDPS court on Monday granted bail to 3 alleged drug peddlers a fortnight after they were held. Two alleged women peddlers were caught at Masjid Bunder and Pydhonie, with over 50gm of heroin each, while Iqlakh Shaikh (31) was found with 2kg of ganja while peddling it outside Bandra Terminus.

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The court accepted the defence plea that since drugs recovered were of intermediate quantity—between small and commercial quantities—bail might be granted. Special judge G B Gurao held that within the three cases, stringent provisions of Section 37 of the NDPS Act didn’t apply.

This section specifies the limitation on granting bail in cases where certain stringent sections of the Act are applied or commercial quantity is involved. Under the NDPS Act, 5gm of heroin is defined as small quantity and commercial quantity is 250gm. Similarly, for ganja, 1kg qualifies as small quantity and commercial quantity is 20kg. The gravity of offences and sentences vary consistent with the quantities involved.

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